Novice Definition

nŏvĭs
novices
noun
novices
A person on probation in a religious group or order before taking vows; neophyte.
Webster's New World
A person new to a particular occupation, activity, etc.; apprentice; beginner; tyro.
Webster's New World

(religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation. [from 14th c.]

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Singular:
novice
Plural:
novices

Origin of Novice

  • From Anglo-Norman novice, Middle French novice, from Latin novÄ«cius, later novitius (“new, newly arrived") (in Late Latin as a noun, novicius, masculine, novicia (“feminine, one who has newly entered a monastery or a convent")), from novus (“new").

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  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin novīcius from Latin recently entered into a condition from Latin novus new newo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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